James McEachnie Love

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James McEachnie Love

James McEachnie Love
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Jim was born in Glasgow on 31 March 1955. After a brief spell in the City of Glasgow Police, he joined the Army and, in February 1974, volunteered for Parachute training. Upon graduating P Company and on completion of his jump training, Jim joined ‘I’ Parachute Battery, Bull’s Troop, 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery.

In 1979, Jim disappeared whilst in BAOR, Germany and joined the French Foreign Legion where he made the rank of Corporal. Unfortunately, the pay and conditions were not the greatest and Jim decided to “leave” and re-join the British Army. After getting out of France, he hitchhiked back to Osnabruck in West Germany where his unit was then stationed – walking the last 80 kilometres in a blizzard.

After being tried by Court-Martial (under Section 38 of the Army Act 1955), Jim served 7 months and 11 days of his subsequent sentence (6 weeks of it in solitary) having earned 3 months and 4 days remission of sentence for good behaviour. He returned to Aldershot and joined the Parachute contingent of 4th Field Regiment Royal Artillery and was attached initially to B Company of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment as a member of the Forward Observation Party (as a signaller directing artillery fire).

Jim was then transferred to A Company whilst on top of Sussex Mountains in the Falkland Islands in May 1982 and served on attachment to that unit until June 1982 when the unit returned to the Battery (29 Corunna 4th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery) and 2 Para sailed home to the UK on the “Norland”. The Unit flew out some weeks later after being assigned to guard Argentine President Galtieri and the other Argentinean prisoners on the “St Edmund” ferry.

Having bought himself out of the Army in 1991 for £200, Jim is now employed by the Ministry of Defence Police Guarding Agency working at the Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire – just up the road from Stonehenge.

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